Dr. Kelly Erola cares for patients at a very difficult time in their lives. She pursued a career in hospice and palliative care to help improve patients’ quality of life and help them and their families accept and understand the diseases’ progression with dignity. “I wanted to help people with their healthcare needs and empower them to manage their lives,” Erola said. She works hard to control her patients’ pain so they are comfortable, something she said is getting harder to do as well-intended legislation has unintended consequences. “Many of my patients have serious pain, and now have difficulty obtaining the medication they need,” Erola said. “Abuse and diversion is an issue, but we need balanced rules.” Erola is committed to providing compassionate care. She is proud to be working with a Joint Commission-accredited non-profit hospice with over 35 years of experience.